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Into the West (1992)

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Grandpa Ward gives a horse he found to his grandchildren, who keep it in their tower-block flat in Dublin. The horse is stolen from them, and the two young boys set out to find it and flee on it.

Director:

Mike Newell

Writers:

Jim Sheridan, David Keating (additional writing)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gabriel Byrne ... Papa Reilly
Ellen Barkin ... Kathleen
Ciarán Fitzgerald ... Ossie
Rúaidhrí Conroy ... Tito (as Ruaidhrí Conroy)
David Kelly ... Grandfather
Johnny Murphy ... Tracker
Colm Meaney ... Barreller
John Kavanagh ... Hartnett
Brendan Gleeson ... Inspector Bolger
Jim Norton ... Superintendant O'Mara
Anita Reeves Anita Reeves ... Mrs. Murphy
Ray McBride Ray McBride ... Mr. Murphy
Dave Duffy ... Morrissey
Stuart Dannell-Foran Stuart Dannell-Foran ... Conor Murphy (as Stuart Dannell)
Becca Hollinshead Becca Hollinshead ... Birdy Murphy
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Storyline

A gigantic white stallion appears mysteriously to a Traveller grandfather and his two grandsons in an Irish slum. Since, puzzlingly, the younger of the two boys is the only individual who can control the horse, ownership falls to him and his older brother by default. There being no place for the animal, they move him into the apartment of their alcoholic Traveller father. Police remove him and, in a shady deal, he ends up under control of a wealthy, underhanded horse breeder. The boys manage to retrieve him and escape on his back, but the stallion seems to have his own travelling agenda. Written by JH

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Ein magisches Abenteuer beginnt ... (A magical Adventure begins ...) See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some mild language and violence | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

Ireland | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 September 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Das weiße Zauberpferd See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,410,414, 19 September 1993

Gross USA:

$4,790,801

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,790,801
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The father explains to the boys that Murphy is the most common last name in Ireland. This is true. See more »

Goofs

The dogs used when officials are tracking the boys and the horse through the forest (01:15:00 to 01:17:10) change from crop-eared to natural floppy-eared. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Papa Reilly: [to his son] You're not gonna return there again. You have to pretend your name is Murphy. Do you understand that?
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Featured in Century of Cinema: Ourselves Alone? (1995) See more »

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Into the West
Music and Lyrics by Larry Kirwan
Performed by Black 47
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Not a cloyingly "cutesy" movie
14 October 1998 | by ric-25See all my reviews

This excellent movie deals with issues of identity, death and family. It is also a very funny and gentle fantasy (set in contemporary times) about two Irish boys and their magical horse.

This may sound silly to many. I wouldn't even fault anyone for having passed on it during its initial theatrical release or for passing it by in the video store. The marketing of this movie made it seem like a wacky, silly movie about kids getting into and out of several situations with their horse. The only reason I even saw it was faith in the cast and crew. I feel I was well rewarded.

The performances are exceptional. The two boys behave in a completely natural way without resorting to traditional "cutesy" mannerisms and expressions (which isn't to say the movie does not have its cute moments. ..it's just that they don't seem forced when they happen). Gabriel Byrne's performance is absolutely beautiful. Even though the movie is about the kids and the horse (at first glance) it really is about him and his character's denial of what he really is and how he is set right again.

The cinematography, direction and music are all superb. You won't be disappointed if you just give it a chance.


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